Copper Fox Rye Whisky

Copper Fox Rye Whisky

(0.75l, 45%)


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A rare pearl for Rye Whiskey devotees.  

After spending 6 months in Scotland working as an apprentice at Bowmore distilleries, Rick Wasmund returned to the U.S. in 2000, full of energy, ideas, and skill, to open up the Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, a small village in the Virginia countryside. True to his education he chose to use the Scottish spelling Whisky for his spirits instead of the American Whiskey.
 
The Copper Fox distillery is special for a few reasons. For one, they uniquely use apple wood and cherry wood to dry the malted grain and malted barley—with the smoke of selected, smouldering fruitwoods instead of peat as is done in Scotland. Secondly, they are the only distillery in the U.S. to malt their own grain and barley, in a traditional and “low tech” way. And finally, they use progressive aging method, where they introduce toasted apple and oak into the barrel to accelerate the aging and give the Whisky unusual and new flavor dimensions.
 
Copper Fox Rye Whisky is a Rye Whiskey, which is double-pot stilled and progressively aged for 15-20 months using apple wood toasted chips inside a used Bourbon barrel. The mash bill is 66% Virginia Rye, and 33% Virginia Thoroughbred hand-malted barley, kiln dried with apple wood and cherry wood smoke.


  • Category
    Rye
  • Style
    Rye Whiskey
  • Region
    Virginia
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    45%
  • Distillery
    Copper Fox Distillery
  • Age
    12 Months
  • Maturation
    Progressive - apple and oak chips

Flavor Spiral™

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apple
cherry
toasted
sweet
smoky
malted barley
flowery
spicy
What does Copper Fox Rye Whisky taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Copper Fox Rye Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Bright amber.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Sherry, plum wine, Appple-pie, cinnamon, raisin toast, and a bit of caramel.

Flavor / Taste / Palate 
Toasted almond, pepper, flowery, and with an increased sweetness.

Finish 
Medium-long, spicy, with a slighty bitter-apple aftertaste.

Comment
Progressive ageing - interesting on the taste buds. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Jason
Jason,
Peppery, smoky, with a bit more peat flavor than I was expecting. It’s good, but if you are looking for a pure eye, it’s a step or two away. I like it and would buy it again.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Too peaty this was more like a scotch than a rye
 
Shannon
Shannon,
Picked up hay/grass on the nose. Astringent, raspberry, hot flavor. Not really my favorite, but pretty smooth.
 
Roy
Roy,
Sweet start with smoky finish.
 
Robert
Robert,
Too much smoke
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Pleasant with a hint of smoke
 
Scott
Scott,
I actually really liked this Whiskey. It was a bit on the sweeter side but really easy going down in the flavor is quite unique. Worth trying if you can find it on sale
 
Stefani
Stefani,
Loved the smoke! Balanced nicely with a toasty maltiness and fruit. Not a typical rye, but gorgeous and fun. Try mixing it with a bit of Zucca.
 
Adam
Adam,
To much peat and smoke for a rye.
 
Luis
Luis,
Got to admit - it was a bit moss and peat up front, with strong tones of distilled spirit. Rough opening with long legs. But, as I made my way through the bottle, it opened quite well. Worth the experience, but not a staple on my shelf.
 
Holly
Holly,
Terrible. Tried this in my advent calendar. Smells and tastes like turpentine.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Earthy, spicy rye
 
James
James,
Very spicy with a nice warm finish. It’s not the best rye I’ve had but it’s not the worst either.
 
Paul
Paul,
decent Rye. Received with the holiday advent calendar. I enjoyed it but don't plan on ordering a whole bottle
 
Josef
Josef,
Great smokey finish. Very floral taste with apple mixed in. Strong spice on first sip due to the 48% abv. But again the good smoke finish. Not my favorite but I could see pairing it with a cigar would be nice.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
This surprised me. From the flavor spiral I thought it would be too sweet, but it was real actively balanced. Not something I would drink on a regular basis, but I could see myself having it as an after dinner sipper.
 
Aric
Aric,
It was good but I like to taste more notes.
 
Guillermo
Guillermo,
Not my favorite. It tastes like I am drinking flowers. That smell when you step into a flower shop, that smell is what I taste.
 
Sean
Sean,
Quite delicious. Love the flavors. The flavor spiral is spot on. Great oily mouthfeel.
 
Amanda
Amanda,
Little harsh on the front but very smokey good aftertaste
 
Justin
Justin,
My initial taste was over-powered by the smoke. Once it opened up, however, I really liked it. The apple comes through nicely and the finish is good.
 
Ellen
Ellen,
Good for mixing, but too smoky for easy sipping IMHO. Definitely gets bonus points for ingenuity on the aging process.
 
Greg
Greg,
I really enjoyed this Scotch. Great effort from an American company. Usually the US stuff lacks character and depth but this one I liked. It's got a hint of smoke with a lot behind it. Caramel and fruit gives it that depth that good Scotch requires. Thanks to the tasting box for bringing this one I would have otherwise not tried.
 
Robert
Robert,
Lots of cherry. Very sweet. Sippable
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Ugh. Tastes like you are drinking a rose. With the thorns still on. After a dog pissed on it.
 
Michael
Michael,
Harsh taste, needs to be mellowed
 
Jon
Jon,
Smokey, sweet. I dig it. Not so boozy, just charred barrel
 
Andrew
Andrew,
lOVED THE aPPLE
 
Andrew
Andrew,
lOVED THE aPPLE
 
Matthew
Matthew,
My go to Rye here in VA.
 
Michael
Michael,
Definitely detect the Apple. Great flavor and unique sweetness. Love it!
 
Brita
Brita,
The toasted apple flavor is just lovely. Very complex
 
Amy
Amy,
Really liked this — great malt and balance. A rye we’d actually sip, and for an excellent Manhattan.
 
Jesi
Jesi,
Very smooth beginning. Sharp kick right as you swallow. But the fruity hints leave a pleasant taste in the mouth.
 
Scott
Scott,
Apple & cherry on the nose makes it instantly intriguing. I would probably enjoy it more if the flowery flavor wasn't there. Two small ice cubes are making more enjoyable (smoothing it out). I read in a comment that this would probably make a great rye for use in Manhattan's & I tend to agree.
 
Crispin
Crispin,
Love the smoky, subtle apple tastes. Very Smooth !
Aljaz
Aljaz,
Exactly my thoughts on this one. Nailed it!
Shannon
Shannon,
Unique... cherry smoked almonds...
 
Michael
Michael,
I'm not great with this Flaviar spiral, yet. This has a great sweet finish, almost like a Desert rye. Accidentally poured some OJ in to my glass from the night before, not that it needs mixing but OJ is a great compliment. Now it's mimosas for the wife and OJ n'Rye for me on Sunday brunch.
 
Carlos
Carlos,
Smooth with a smoky finish.
Matija
Matija,
couldnt agree more!
Jonathan
Jonathan,
A dry, spicy rye with a snootful of smoke. I get a bit of the fruit, but the smokiness overpowers my senses. Please note: I am not a Scotch drinker.
 
Jerome
Jerome,
Apply with a hint of wood. Spicy but not sweet.
 
Peyton
Peyton,
Smokey, Toasted Nose. Big smoke and Rye Body. Light Apple note at the end.
 
guest
guest,
Makes a delightful manhattan with Dolin Rouge vermouth and a plump luxardo cherry.
 
Chase
Chase,
A bit sweet but the subtle Apple taste was refreshing
 
Josh
Josh,
I'm a bit of a newb but this seemed a little one dimensional.
 
guest
guest,
Seemed under developed. Very overpriced for the quality. Maybe a good for mixing if it was cheaper.
 
caleb
caleb,
Not my favorite
 
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